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CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 10:45am EST
what's going on here -- and they're all talking about the fiscal cliff. instead of a countdown until the end of the year, until the new year, we've got a countdown until we hit the fiscal cliff. what does that say? it is the most predicted financial crisis that we have ever known about. we've known about it for months. we've known about it since the temporary tax provisions were put in place two years ago. yet, here we are, the 11th hour on the final day trying to negotiate with two people in a room. making decisions that will have a profound impact on the future of this country. and i have to say, mr. president, that as i think about those negotiations that are going on, most of what is being talked about is who will pay more in taxes, not a question of "if." it's a like, who's going to pay more in taxes? the ironic thing about it is those discussions, at least to my knowledge of them, there's very little being discussed, if anything, that deals with how is this country going to figure out a way to spend less, which is the problem, okay? i mean, let's face it. washington, d.c., doesn't have a taxing problem. we have a spe
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 5:15pm EST
the fiscal cliff. an update via twitter from chad pilgrim of fox news, reid's remark that he had made a counteroffer was off-the-cuff response and that there was no counteroffer, and "the washington post" quoting senator joe lieberman saying he'd be shocked if a deal was struck today. we'll bring you continuing updates. for now, back to booktv programs. [applause] >> well, i actually left my cave. in the mornings i get up, and it's early dawn, and i have a desk for writing and a desk for drawing. and, actually, i sort of like the drawing the best. and i work, and the next thing i know letterman's on. so it's just the most exciting adventure. of i've had ten books and, believe it or not, it's very scary, i am 30 ahead that i haven't even shown. all illustrated. i'm just having such great time doing this stuff. so they asked me when i came here what did i, what were my prerequisites for writing a book. and it's got to be simply if i say i'm going to write it, if it takes 15 years -- i've had books take that long -- i'm going to finish. the other one is there can't be another book. there
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 3:00pm EST
kind of an information media or an entertainment media built this fiscal cliff so that it appeared to be niagara falls with money running over it. it's more of a gradual slope, but we have to stop the downward slope that we're on. it's important that we do that. and this is a body that can do that. congress can do that. we do a war of words around here, this protecting the rich sticks. i don't know of anybody that's trying to protect the rich. the problem comes into the definition of "rich." that's a hard one to explain. and any attempt that looks like that goes back to the sticky word "rich," which nobody is trying to protect. i used to be in business. it was one of those -- i was one of those small business men. and i know that at the end of the year the business would show a profit. unfortunately, we couldn't take the money out of the business if we were going to continue to grow the business. if we were going to put more people on. that meant that we needed to have more product. that meant we have to have more investment in the business. so the money that we could have taken out t
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 1:00am EST
the long term. but instead, we are here tired in knots to avert a manufactured fiscal cliff which could have been avoided six months ago by the house passing s. 3412 to avert the tax hikes on 98% of americans. now, i have said repeatedly that i will evaluate any such fiscal cliff legislation on how these proposed policies affect working families and the real middle class. again, the real middle class, those make $30,000, $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 a year. so i'm disappointed to say that in my opinion, this legislation that we're about to vote on falls short. first, it doesn't address the number-one priority, creating good middle-class jobs now. unemployment remains way too high. this bill should include direct assistance on job creation measures. for example, our infrastructure, education, job retraining, how many jobs we see out there going wanting because people aren't trained for those jobs and yet we don't have enough money to put into job retraining. this legislation before us neglects our most pressing concern at the present time and that is the lack of jobs and the lack of q
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST
over the fiscal cliff and really hurts almost every american family in our country, in our economy, as a whole. this shouldn't be a surprise to us. it's not as if, if i could use the metaphor, that congress was going along in a bus and -- on a ride through the country and suddenly came to the end of the road and there was a cliff. this shouldn't be a surprise to us. we -- we -- we created this cliff ourselves a year and a half ago when we adopted the budget control act. and we created it for a very good reason: because we knew that we had proven ourselves incapable of making the compromises that were necessary to achieve the long-term bipartisan debt-reduction program that america desperately needs. we're over $16.4 trillion in debt. i'm in my last days as a u.s. senator. if you'd told me when i started that we'd be $16 trillion in debt, i wouldn't have believed it. frankly, if you told me just a dozen years ago at the end of the clinton administration when we were in surplus that we could possibly be $16 trillion in de debt, i would have thought -- well, i would have thought you were
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 9:45pm EST
the local is a moe begans it's the national news media. they get together and chant fiscal cliff, face fiscal cliff. it you're an intrejt politician and you say what i said which is the fiscal cliff isn't a "fantasy." it is an excuse to panic. it's a device to get us running down the road so we accept whatever obama wants otherwise we failed the fiscal cliff how can you be a patriotism if you don't what the fiscal cliff requires and they will tell us much like the land of oz. there will be the person hiding the behind the machine that say raise taxes now. and if you don't raise taxes now you violated the fiscal cliff. do you want to be the person who stands up and destroying america? do you want to go on one of the national networking and explain your reactionary and out of touch with life you don't care that america is going to die late on thursday? [laughter] it's all right if that's kind of person you are. we're never going schedule you. you will be never on television. you are clearly weird. [laughter] let me start with the idea and say there is no fiscal cliff. we had a bad electi
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 7:45am EST
news media. and they get together, and they chant fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff. and if you're an intelligence politician and you walk out to do a press conference and you say what i just said to you -- which is the fiscal cliff is a fantasy, it is an excuse to panic, it's a device to get all of us running down the road so we accept whatever obama wants because otherwise we have failed the fiscal cliff, and how can you be a patriot if you don't do what the fiscal cliff requires? and the fiscal cliff will tell us one afternoon much like the land of oz where there will be this person hiding behind the machine who will say raise taxes now. and if you don't raise taxes now, you'll have violated the fiscal cliff. now, do any of you want to be the person who stands up and destroys america by violating the fiscal cliff? do you want to explain that you are so out of touch of life that you don't care america's going to die late on thursday? [laughter] it's all right if that's the kind of person you are, because we just need to know it now because we're never going to schedule it.
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
this fiscal cliff. beyond that, there's much work that needs to be done beyond the fiscal cliff. this negotiation does not really go deeply into deficit reduction, and i think we need to. i was a member of the simpson-bowles commission. i salute my colleague, kent conrad of north dakota who is retiring in a few days for his amazing leadership in bringing us to this moment in this national debate. pwe we still have much work to do and i'm sorry kent won't be here to be personally part of it. i viewed him as an almost irreplaceable resource in this debate. he knows more about our federal budget and the deficit challenge we face than any member of congress. period. all the rest of us have learned so much from him, and we're certainly going to miss him. but we need to continue this effort that he started to reduce the deficit. we need to look seriously at our entitlement programs so that at the end of the day we meet our obligation to future generations. social security is solvent for 20 years. we should make it solvent for 75. and we can do it. if we face it today, we can do it. i think
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
weekend preventing the fiscal cliff. senator bob corker also spoke to reporters. >> good morning. i am lamar alexander. this is my colleague bob corker. merry christmas to you three points to make and then i would like to introduce cementer corker. here is the first point. when the dust settles and everything is said and done, federal individual income taxes are not going to go up on almost all americans next year. that needs to be settled this weekend by the votes and after the first of the year, so that's the most important point for americans to know. for almost all americans when the dust settles taxes, individual income taxes won't be going up next year. all the talk is about taxes but what we should talk about today is the medicare fiscal clef, the looming bankruptcy in the program that seniors depend upon to pay the medical bills for the millions of americans who are counting the days until they are eligible for medicare so they can afford the medicare bill, it would be a tragedy if when they get to that day there isn't enough money to pay the bills but according to the medicare
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm EST
programs. you'll notice, if you look carefully at whatever this fiscal cliff deal is, that there won't be spending cuts but there will be spending proposals. so we're going to try to tax rich people more and get more money. it may not work because often you raise rates and get less revenue. we're going to try that. but we're going to take the intervene we get from rich people and we're going to spend it on programs, what we've been doing here. we're not going to fix the problem. we're going to perpetuate the problem. i would argue for we should be doing the oppose. we the -- doing the opposite. the republican party should have no part on this. we should have no finger prints on this and in no way support anything that raises taxes because it's bad economic policy. i for one will not support any proposal that comes out that does not cut spending and raises taxes. thank you, mr. president. i yield back my time and suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from massachusetts. mr. kerry
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